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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544956/dna-commission-of-the-international-society-for-forensic-genetics-isfg-guidelines-on-the-use-of-x-strs-in-kinship-analysis
#1
Andreas O Tillmar, Daniel Kling, John M Butler, Walther Parson, Mechthild Prinz, Peter M Schneider, Thore Egeland, Leonor Gusmão
Forensic genetic laboratories perform an increasing amount of genetic analyses of the X chromosome, in particular to solve complex cases of kinship analysis. For some biological relationships X-chromosomal markers can be more informative than autosomal markers, and there are a large number of markers, methods and databases that have been described for forensic use. Due to their particular mode of inheritance, and their physical location on a single chromosome, some specific considerations are required when estimating the weight of evidence for X-chromosomal marker DNA data...
May 13, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544375/proteomic-analysis-of-hair-shafts-from-monozygotic-twins-expression-profiles-and-genetically-variant-peptides
#2
Pei-Wen Wu, Katelyn E Mason, Blythe P Durbin-Johnson, Michelle Salemi, Brett S Phinney, David M Rocke, Glendon J Parker, Robert H Rice
Forensic association of hair shaft evidence with individuals is currently assessed by comparing mitochondrial DNA haplotypes of reference and casework samples, primarily for exclusionary purposes. Present work tests and validates more recent proteomic approaches to extract quantitative transcriptional and genetic information from hair samples of monozygotic twin pairs, which would be predicted to partition away from unrelated individuals if the datasets contain identifying information. Protein expression profiles and polymorphic, genetically variant hair peptides were generated from 10 pairs of monozygotic twins...
May 22, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542816/identification-of-microorganisms-isolated-from-counterfeit-and-unapproved-decorative-contact-lenses
#3
Adrian D Land, Katie L Penno, Jennifer L Brzezinski
All contact lenses (corrective/noncorrective) are considered Class II or Class III medical devices under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, which also states that contact lenses can only be obtained with a prescription. The Forensic Chemistry Center of the US Food & Drug Administration has examined over 300 decorative, noncorrective contact lenses obtained without a prescription. Our observations indicate that 60% of the counterfeit lenses and 27% of the unapproved lenses examined were positive for microbial contamination...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542338/a-technique-for-setting-analytical-thresholds-in-massively-parallel-sequencing-based-forensic-dna-analysis
#4
Brian Young, Jonathan L King, Bruce Budowle, Luigi Armogida
Amplicon (targeted) sequencing by massively parallel sequencing (PCR-MPS) is a potential method for use in forensic DNA analyses. In this application, PCR-MPS may supplement or replace other instrumental analysis methods such as capillary electrophoresis and Sanger sequencing for STR and mitochondrial DNA typing, respectively. PCR-MPS also may enable the expansion of forensic DNA analysis methods to include new marker systems such as single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and insertion/deletions (indels) that currently are assayable using various instrumental analysis methods including microarray and quantitative PCR...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535443/independent-validation-of-body-fluid-specific-cpg-markers-and-construction-of-a-robust-multiplex-assay
#5
Hannah Holtkötter, Vanessa Beyer, Kristina Schwender, Alina Glaub, Kristina Schulze Johann, Marianne Schürenkamp, Ursula Sibbing, Sabrina Banken, Peter Wiegand, Heidi Pfeiffer, Lynn Dennany, Marielle Vennemann, Marielle Vennemann
Potential forensic use of tissue-specific DNA methylation markers has recently been discussed for the identification of the biological source of a stain. In this study 13 promising markers were evaluated to identify suitable candidate markers for the development of a robust and reliable multiplex assay. The results of this study suggest that a combination of only four highly informative markers will be enough for clear body fluid identification. A multiplex assay was developed for the identification of menstrual blood, saliva, semen, and venous blood...
May 9, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535279/identification-of-forensically-important-blow-flies-diptera-calliphoridae-in-china-based-on-coi
#6
Fanming Meng, Lipin Ren, Ziyue Wang, Jianqiang Deng, Yadong Guo, Chao Chen, Dmitrijs Finkelbergs, Jifeng Cai
Blow flies are among the most important insects in forensic entomology casework. Identification of blow fly species can be a time consuming and difficult task, especially at their early development stages. Present DNA-based technologies provide a promising identification method for these forensically important calliphorids. The cytochrome oxidase subunit I (COI) sequence has been applied as a suitable DNA marker in calliphorid identification for many years; however, limitation exists in using short sequence to determine genetically close species...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525773/acetone-facilitated-dna-sampling-from-electrical-tapes-improves-dna-recovery-and-enables-latent-fingerprints-development
#7
Ilan Feine, Moshe Shpitzen, Boris Geller, Eran Salmon, Tsach Peleg, Jonathan Roth, Ron Gafny
Electrical tapes (ETs) are a common component of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) used by terrorists or criminal organizations and represent a valuable forensic resource for DNA and latent fingerprints recovery. However, DNA recovery rates are typically low and usually below the minimal amount required for amplification. In addition, most DNA extraction methods are destructive and do not allow further latent fingerprints development. In the present study a cell culture based touch DNA model was used to demonstrate a two-step acetone-water DNA recovery protocol from ETs...
May 8, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514720/new-application-for-haplotype-specific-extraction-separation-of-mitochondrial-dna-mixtures
#8
J Zander, J Rothe, J Dapprich, M Nagy
A particularly challenging aspect of forensic casework is the accurate interpretation of samples that contain DNA from more than one contributor, since DNA analysis of specific identification markers often results in ambiguous mixed profiles. Physically separating the various haploid components of a diploid or polyploid DNA sample or of a specimen containing DNA from multiple individuals can resolve this problem. We adapted and combined previously developed methods of haplotype-specific extraction (HSE) to separate and analyze mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) in samples containing DNA from two individuals...
May 6, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514701/a-biased-opinion-demonstration-of-cognitive-bias-on-a-fingerprint-matching-task-through-knowledge-of-dna-test-results
#9
Sarah V Stevenage, Alice Bennett
One study is presented which explores the biasing effects of irrelevant contextual information on a fingerprint matching task. Bias was introduced by providing the outcomes of a DNA test relating to each fictitious case under consideration. This was engineered to suggest either a match, no match, or an inconclusive outcome, and was thus either consistent, misleading or unbiased depending on the ground truth of each fingerprint pair. The results suggested that, when the difficulty of the fingerprint matching task was measurably increased, participants became more vulnerable to the biasing information...
May 1, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513665/a-fully-integrated-microchip-system-for-automated-forensic-short-tandem-repeat-analysis
#10
Junping Han, Wupeng Gan, Bin Zhuang, Jing Sun, Lei Zhao, Jian Ye, Yao Liu, Cai-Xia Li, Peng Liu
We have successfully developed an integrated microsystem that combines two plastic microchips for DNA extraction and PCR amplification with a glass capillary array electrophoresis chip together in a compact control and detection instrument for automated forensic short tandem repeat (STR) analysis. DNA extraction followed by an "in situ PCR" was conducted in a single reaction chamber of the microchip based on a filter paper-based extraction methodology. PCR products were then mixed with sizing standards by an injection electrode and injected into the electrophoresis chip for four-color confocal fluorescence detection...
May 17, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511096/improved-amplification-results-following-episodes-of-failure-to-amplify-at-the-amelogenin-locus-using-powerplex-%C3%A2-esi-16-fast-system
#11
Sigal Berlyne, Carla Oz, Naftaly Einot, Shlomit Avraham, Tanya Ram, Miri D Goldberg, Ron Gafny
In 2012 the Israel Police DNA Casework laboratory adopted the 16 STR PowerPlex(®) ESI kit for routine use. The Promega Company updated this kit and developed the PowerPlex(®) ESI 16 Fast System in which all autosomal primer pairs remained identical to the original set, except at the amelogenin site. The master mix was improved and optimized which allowed for direct, faster and more robust amplification. Prior to implementing the PowerPlex(®) ESI 16 Fast System in our lab, we conducted a preliminary assay where 213 casework samples were amplified using the new kit...
April 29, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511095/independent-validation-of-dna-based-approaches-for-age-prediction-in-blood
#12
Sohee Cho, Sang-Eun Jung, Sae Rom Hong, Eun Hee Lee, Ji Hyun Lee, Soong Deok Lee, Hwan Young Lee
Numerous molecular biomarkers have been proposed as predictors of chronological age. Among them, T-cell specific DNA rearrangement and DNA methylation markers have been introduced as forensic age predictors in blood because of their high prediction accuracy. These markers appear highly promising, but for better application to forensic casework sample analysis the proposed markers and genotyping methods must be tested further. In the current study, signal-joint T-cell receptor excision circles (sjTRECs) and DNA methylation markers located in the ELOVL2, C1orf132, TRIM59, KLF14, and FHL2 genes were reanalyzed in 100 Korean blood samples to test their associations with chronological age, using the same analysis platform used in previous reports...
April 28, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511094/isolation-and-genetic-analysis-of-pure-cells-from-forensic-biological-mixtures-the-precision-of-a-digital-approach
#13
F Fontana, C Rapone, G Bregola, R Aversa, A de Meo, G Signorini, M Sergio, A Ferrarini, R Lanzellotto, G Medoro, G Giorgini, N Manaresi, A Berti
Latest genotyping technologies allow to achieve a reliable genetic profile for the offender identification even from extremely minute biological evidence. The ultimate challenge occurs when genetic profiles need to be retrieved from a mixture, which is composed of biological material from two or more individuals. In this case, DNA profiling will often result in a complex genetic profile, which is then subject matter for statistical analysis. In principle, when more individuals contribute to a mixture with different biological fluids, their single genetic profiles can be obtained by separating the distinct cell types (e...
May 1, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504203/internal-validation-of-strmix%C3%A2-for-the-interpretation-of-single-source-and-mixed-dna-profiles
#14
Tamyra R Moretti, Rebecca S Just, Susannah C Kehl, Leah E Willis, John S Buckleton, Jo-Anne Bright, Duncan A Taylor, Anthony J Onorato
The interpretation of DNA evidence can entail analysis of challenging STR typing results. Genotypes inferred from low quality or quantity specimens, or mixed DNA samples originating from multiple contributors, can result in weak or inconclusive match probabilities when a binary interpretation method and necessary thresholds (such as a stochastic threshold) are employed. Probabilistic genotyping approaches, such as fully continuous methods that incorporate empirically determined biological parameter models, enable usage of more of the profile information and reduce subjectivity in interpretation...
April 5, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501160/bioaffinity-based-assay-for-the-sensitive-detection-and-discrimination-of-sweat-aimed-at-forensic-applications
#15
Crystal Huynh, Erica Brunelle, Juliana Agudelo, Jan Halámek
Sweat is a well-known piece of biological evidence that is actually used much less than expected. Biological samples are important because their components can often provide some type of information about a person-of-interest. Sweat, in particular, is important because of its DNA content which can be extracted and analyzed to provide information that can be imperative to a criminal investigation. While it is a very important source of forensic information, the methods for detection and discrimination of sweat are limited, causing it to be overlooked during evidence collection...
August 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500464/global-skin-colour-prediction-from-dna
#16
Susan Walsh, Lakshmi Chaitanya, Krystal Breslin, Charanya Muralidharan, Agnieszka Bronikowska, Ewelina Pospiech, Julia Koller, Leda Kovatsi, Andreas Wollstein, Wojciech Branicki, Fan Liu, Manfred Kayser
Human skin colour is highly heritable and externally visible with relevance in medical, forensic, and anthropological genetics. Although eye and hair colour can already be predicted with high accuracies from small sets of carefully selected DNA markers, knowledge about the genetic predictability of skin colour is limited. Here, we investigate the skin colour predictive value of 77 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) from 37 genetic loci previously associated with human pigmentation using 2025 individuals from 31 global populations...
May 12, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500353/estimation-of-postmortem-interval-by-vitreous-potassium-evaluation-with-a-novel-fluorescence-aptasensor
#17
Yanjun Ding, Xingmei Li, Yadong Guo, Weicheng Duan, Jiang Ling, Lagabaiyla Zha, Jie Yan, Ying Zou, Jifeng Cai
Estimation of postmortem interval (PMI) is a central role in medico-legal identification. Analysis of vitreous potassium ions (K(+)) concentration is frequently used by forensic workers to estimate PMI. This paper describes interdisciplinary research to introduce fluorescence sensing techniques into forensic medicine. On the basis of silver nanoclusters (AgNCs) probe stabilized by DNA, a simple and highly sensitive fluorescence aptasensor has been proposed to selectively detect K(+) ions. The linear range for K(+) ions was found to be 0...
May 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495330/relationships-between-age-and-microarchitectural-descriptors-of-iliac-trabecular-bone-determined-by-microct
#18
C Deguette, A Ramond-Roquin, C Rougé-Maillart
AIM: Estimation of age at death is a major issue in anthropology. The main anthropological histological methods propose studying the architecture of cortical bone. In bone histomorphometry, researches on metabolic bone diseases have provided normative tables for trabecular bone volume (BV/TV) according to age and gender of individuals on trans-iliac bone biopsies. We have used microCT, a non-destructive tool for measuring bone volume and trabecular descriptors to compare the French tables to a series of forensic anthropological population and if the two iliac bones could be used interchangeably...
May 8, 2017: Morphologie: Bulletin de L'Association des Anatomistes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488000/58-cases-of-sexual-violence-bearing-forensic-interest-congruence-between-the-victim-s-report-and-the-data-from-laboratory-analyses
#19
Sarah Gino, Antonella Canavese, Beatrice Pattarino, Carlo Robino, Monica Omedei, Erica Albanese, Paola Castagna
The assistance provided by specialised healthcare personnel to victims of a sexual violence cannot focus just on the clinical intervention appropriate for the lesions suffered by the patient, but must also take legal and forensic needs into account. Anamnestic data represents a crucial step towards the finding of forensic evidence. Our retrospective study aims to analyse the congruence between verbal reports from abused women and the laboratory data to the end of identifying ways for enhancing the gathering of anamnestic data...
May 9, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486142/the-age-related-expression-decline-of-ercc1-and-xpf-for-forensic-age-estimation-a-preliminary-study
#20
Xiao-Dong Deng, Qin Gao, Wei Zhang, Bo Zhang, Ying Ma, Li-Xia Zhang, Cheer Muer, Ying Xie, Yun Liu
The age-related capacity decline of DNA damage repair in human peripheral blood has been demonstrated. Excision repair cross-complementation group1 (ERCC1) and Xeroderma pigmentosum complementation group F (XPF) were rate-limiting enzyme in nucleotide excision repair (NER) which was known as the most important DNA damage repair system. Consequently, we hypothesized that the expression and/or activity of ERCC1 and XPF may be associated with age. However, little was known about the quantitative relationship of ERCC1 and XPF expression levels with age...
May 3, 2017: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
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